Work online to earn your certificate in Clinical Nutrition at UW–Madison, so that you can provide outstanding patient care. Develop the expertise and skills to advance your career or help you obtain a competitive dietetic internship.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison online certificate in Clinical Nutrition provides you with graduate-level education in the topics most valued by employers. We offer advanced training in areas such as critical care, nutrition support, complex nutritional assessment, advanced nutrition counseling, advanced pediatrics, and clinical nutrition research—so you can thrive in today’s complex clinical environment.


Whether you are a new graduate or an experienced professional, you want to provide the best nutritional support and counseling for the people in your care. You also want to stay ahead of the educational curve; within the next decade, a graduate degree will be required to obtain the registered dietitian credential.


Many of our students are practicing registered Dietitians who need continuing education credits. Others are graduates in nutrition or dietetics programs who want to improve their ability to obtain a highly competitive dietetic internship. Students are also nurses, pharmacists, speech pathologists, and other medical professionals who want to provide better care for their patients.


Our 12-credit clinical nutrition certificate is offered completely online, so you can enhance your education no matter where you are in Wisconsin or around the world. You can earn your certificate while you maintain your current job or complete your dietetic internship. Because they are taught at the graduate level, the classes may be transferred to applicable graduate degree programs.


You will work directly with the same faculty who teach clinical nutrition on the UW–Madison campus. Our instructors have many years of clinical nutrition teaching experience and are registered dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many are practicing dietitians who understand the challenges you face in the workplace and the knowledge you need to succeed in the clinical nutrition profession.


Completion of this certificate counts toward your master’s degree in clinical nutrition at UW–Madison, should you wish to continue on for an advanced degree.


What you Learn

  • Apply concepts of advanced-level nutrition skills to provide patient care and counseling
  • Synthesize the latest research in clinical nutrition
  • Demonstrate your capability to complete graduate-level work

Where & How you learn


  • Online


  • Complete the program over three semesters—or just one year
  • Begin in any semester (fall, spring, or summer); courses are offered once per year and may be taken in any order

Apply Now

Applications to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition program are accepted at any time of year, and you may begin in any semester.


All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale
  • Have completed the didactic program in dietetics or the following prerequisites: two courses in general chemistry; two courses in biological sciences; one course each in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and statistics; and two courses in nutrition (human or clinical)
  • If you have not completed the prerequisites, you may apply as a University Special student to complete them
  • Submit to the program coordinator your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; a brief essay describing your reasons for applying and career goals; and your résumé or curriculum vitae
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for contact information for state licensing boards.

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